Charges man with animal neglect

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Sheriff's deputies arrested a Crooked River Ranch man for animal neglect and seized malnourished horses.Alleging neglect of four horses, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant June 5, at Crooked River Ranch, and arrested a Ranch resident for animal neglect.

Deputies arrested Jonathan M. Vance, of Crooked River Ranch, at 12852 S.W. Deer Crossing Place and charged him with four counts of second-degree animal neglect and two counts of attempted second-degree animal neglect. Vance was transported to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility, where he was lodged.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jonathan M. VanceMelody Barnes was not home at the time of the search warrant and will be contacted and arrested later.

At the residence, deputies seized one stallion and three mares that were severely malnourished and starving. Two of the mares are pregnant and were in dire need of rescue.

Vance and Barnes have been under investigation for the care and treatment of their animals and the case has been ongoing. The sheriff’s office tries to work with and educate animal owners about proper care for their animals and only seize animals as a last resort.

Assisting the sheriff’s office in the effort is Skyhawk Ranch, in Terrebonne, which has agreed to transport and care for the horses. Sheriff Jim Adkins and the Skyhawk Ranch are in need of help from the community in providing the necessary treatment for these horses.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTOS - One stallion and three mares, two of which were pregnant, were seized by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office from a residence at Crooked River Ranch. All four were severely malnourished.People interested in providing assistance can go to the Skyhawk Ranch Facebook page at Mustangs to the Rescue. They have a Paypal account set up and are also happy to accept cash donations.

People can also donate to their accounts directly at Cinder Rock Veterinary Clinic in Terrebonne and or Oregon Feed and Irrigation in Redmond. They will also accept donations of feed, hay, and other horse supplies directly at the ranch.

The sheriff’s office takes these cases very seriously, according to Adkins, who thanked the community for its help and support with the investigation, and encouraged anyone able to help offset the financial costs for caring for the horses to make a donation.

Because of three dogs inside the house, the Jefferson County animal control officer was called to the scene, and decided to leave the dogs in place after providing them with food and water.

The Children's Services Division was also notified, because of the deplorable living conditions observed around the residence and inside the home, the sheriff's office noted. The children were not at home at the time of the search warrant and were believed to be in school. Children's Services will continue their investigation.

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